Yesterday was an amazing day.. I took the kids to the Orlando Science Center, (somewhere we had never been before), and it was really a lot of fun for them. There was so much to look at, touch, play with… it was almost overload, and we didn’t even get to do half the things that were there. But that is not even the amazing part- the amazing part is that they went out wearing UNDERWEAR. Not diapers. It was our first outing since starting to potty train, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to risk it. All three have been going #1 on the potty very well for the last week, but that was at home, without pants on:) My strategy was to skip the pullups (even though we tried them, they just didn’t work very well), and just go straight to the underwear. I got them adorable Dora and Diego, Lightning McQueen, Tinkerbell, and Minnie Mouse underpants, and they sure do get a kick out of wearing it. Ben and Cameron both favor Lightning McQueen the most, and Lily (of course), loves her princess underpants.
I brought a potty with us in the car, and had them sit on it before going in. We played for a little bit, then I took them into the bathroom one by one. I am not really sure that this process is any easier than changing diapers, but at least it will be cheaper, right? Instead of carrying exyra diapers in my purse, now I carry extra underwear and shorts. It’s ok, we are making progress, so I am happy! They still wear diapers for naps and bedtime right now…
Now, I just realized something that troubles me. As you all know, I planned on keeping the kids in their cribs as long as they were sleeping well and fit comfortably in them. I am not sure I can do this, if we are potty training. I am thinking they are going to need to be able to get up at night if they have to go. Thus, the switch to toddler beds may also be imminent. I am SO not looking forward to that!
Anyway, on to the Orlando Science Center.. this place was fabulous. Lots of interactive displays for the kids to play with:
…including a little orange grove where they could pick the oranges, then shoot them up a conveyor belt, and collect them in baskets.
And of course, a lot more that I couldn’t get a photo of because I was chasing them around! I will say that there is a whole new facet of motherhood that I’m discovering, that I don’t really like; dealing with other people’s (bratty) kids in public. You know, the ones that shove the littler ones out of the way and don’t let them play with the toys that are there for everyone? Yeah, I dealt with a lot of that yesterday. It was something I just don’t come across very often and I wasn’t sure how to react. I definitely don’t think it’s my place to teach someone else’s kid to play nicely, but I also don’t want my kids to run away when someone is being a bully. In general, I would just steer us into another area, but I am not sure that’s exactly the best way to handle it. Definitely something to think about for me. Despite the little hooligans at the Science Center, it was quite a successful day.
The next big exciting thing in our lives- we are going to see Dora and Diego next week at the Nickelodeon Hotel! They have a character breakfast there, and then we’re going to spend some time at the pool.. can’t wait!